The 2012 Roland Garros tennis championships are the 2nd Grand Slam singles tournament and the 8th MAJOR tournament of the “BIG 14” tournaments for the men’s professional tennis tour each year. Roland Garros is also commonly known as the French Open and is held in Paris, France. In this post how the ATP ranking points, prize money are allocated and what the schedule of play is so YOU can follow, watch and/or attend this tournament.
The total financial commitment for the 2012 Roland Garros tournament is 18,718,000 Euros (€), which is 1,198,000 more than in 2011. The total prize money for the men’s events is € 6,555,000, which is 523,000 more than in 2011.
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The men’s event begins on Tuesday 22 May with the qualifying singles draw and the Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday 10 June. Roland Garros is the fourth and final prestigious MAJOR clay court tournament each year. The centre court at Roland Garros is called Court Philippe Chatrier and seats 14,840 spectators. The French Championships were first held in 1891 and have been played at the current venue (Stade Roland Garros), since 1928.
The 2011 Roland Garros Men’s singles champion Rafael NADAL is pictured above setting the ball in place, keeping his right arm extended and looking up at the ball during his service action on the red clay. The 1.88m left-hander won his sixth Roland Garros singles title by defeating defending Roger Federer for a fourth time in the final there. The 25-year-old Nadal won 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 6-1 in 3 hours and 40 minutes to win his 10th Grand Slam singles title.
Nadal defended his 2010 Roland Garros title and won the Men’s Singles title there for four years in a row from 2005 to 2008. In 2011 Nadal equalled Bjorn Borg’s record of winning a total of 6 Roland Garros singles titles and gave himself the chance to win a record No.7 in 2012. Nadal has won 6 of the past 7, whereas Borg won his 6 titles from 1974-1981 over 8 years.
The ATP ranking points and prize money is awarded to the players like this:
- The winner earns 2,000 points + € 1,250,000;
- The runner-up earns 1,200 points + € 625,000;
- The two semi finalists earn 720 points + € 310,000;
- The four quarter finalists earn 360 points + € 155,000;
- The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 180 points + € 80,000;
- The 16 players who lose in the 3rd round earn 90 points + € 47,ooo;
- The 32 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 45 points + € 28,000;
- The *players who lose in the 1st round earn 10 points + € 18,000.
The matches each day are played in a day session starting at 11am unless stated otherwise below. There are no night sessions. Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day and any changes, plus the FULL order of play for every day of the tournament will be provided here-> Roland Garros 2012 Order of Play.
The schedule of play for the 2012 men’s singles event at Roland Garros is:
- Tuesday 22 May: Qualifying 1st round from 11am;
- Wednesday 23 May: Qualifying 1st round from 11am;
- Thursday 24 May: Qualifying 2nd round from 11am;
- Friday 25 May: Qualifying 3rd round from 11am;
- Sunday 27 May: Main Draw 1st round from 11am;
- Monday 28 May: 1st round from 11am;
- Tuesday 29 May: 1st round from 11am;
- Wednesday 30 May: 2nd round from 11am;
- Thursday 31 May: 2nd round from 11am;
- Friday 1 June: 3rd round from 11am;
- Saturday 2 June: 3rd round from 11am;
- Sunday 3 June: Round of 16 from 11am;
- Monday 4 June: Round of 16 from 11am;
- Tuesday 5 June: Quarter Finals from 2pm;
- Wednesday 6 June: Quarter Finals from 2pm;
- Friday 8 June: Semi Finals from 1pm; and
- Sunday 10 June: The Men’s Singles Final at 3:00pm.
*The points awarded to a 1st round loser vary according to how they were allocated a place in the 1st round.
For further details about the different rankings points allocations for different situations for 1st round losers and for players who gain entry into the main draw from the qualifying event you will be able to click here once the following post is completed-> Roland Garros 2012 Men’s Qualifying Singles Draw.
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